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Island Waves

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Island Waves

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Island Waves

Matthew Tamez

Matthew Tamez, Editor-in-Chief

Senior Communication Studies major with an associate's degree in Journalism. Experienced in news writing, photography, and media design.

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Corpus Christi and Texas as a whole faced unusually low temperatures throughout the winter storm

[Photo] Blame for Texas’s winter storm shifts between independent power companies and Texas lawmakers

March 1, 2021

Corpus Christi and Texas as a whole faced unusually low temperatures throughout the winter storm

Todd Hunter remains in the Texas House of Representatives

Todd Hunter wins election for Texas House of Representatives

November 4, 2020

Republican incumbent Todd Hunter has won against his opponent, Democrat and TAMU-CC alumnus Eric Holguin for District 32 of the Texas House of Representatives. Hunter, present at the Nueces County Courthouse...

Keeping Updated With Island Waves

November 3, 2020

Stay tuned in as we keep you updated with the 2020 polls.

“Our Plague Year” discusses the difficulties of the current situation while also offering thoughtful advice.

New podcast says ‘it’s a scary time, but it doesn’t have to be scary alone’

March 30, 2020

In the past few weeks, many individuals have found their lives changed entirely by a pandemic sweeping the globe. People handle it in different ways, some finding themselves gripped with anxiety and fear...

“The Clone Wars” begins to wrap up many dormant plot threads in its final season, airing six years after its previous season.

Seventh season of long dormant show kicks off with a blast

March 7, 2020

The seventh and final season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” began airing on Disney+ on a weekly release schedule. The series originally ended in 2014 without a conclusion to its story arcs or characters....

Students gather candles, saying they are “stronger together.”

Islanders mourn the passing of former cheerleader

February 19, 2020

On Feb. 17 at 9:00 p.m., students gathered at the fountain in Lee Plaza to pay their respects to freshman Nursing major Jasmine Goudeau. Goudeau passed away in San Antonio early Monday morning after her...

Sybarite5 is a string quartet with a wide repertoire of music.

Performing Arts Center bringing new concerts to the stage, as well as one familiar one

February 12, 2020

Towards the end of the month the Performing Arts Center will be bringing four performances to the main stage. While many of these concerts are full priced events, students with a valid SandDollar ID may...

A game of giant Jenga topples at the Campus Activities Board table.

Campus organizations tell students what they’re about at 2020 Org Fest

January 31, 2020

With the spring semester of 2020 now entering its third week, the University Council of Student Organizations hosted the Back to the Island Org Fest on Jan. 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Back to the...

SURGE is a driverless vehicle now operating on TAMU-CC’s campus.

CCRTA unveils first-generation automated shuttle on campus

January 27, 2020

With the start of the spring semester, students may have already noticed the new SURGE shuttle transporting students around campus. This vehicle is an autonomous shuttle capable of driving on a set route...

Seraph Brass gives a beautiful display of their musical skills.

Seraph Brass brings angelic music to TAMU-CC

January 27, 2020

On Jan. 21, Seraph Brass came to the Performing Arts Center as part of the 2019-2020 Furgason Bravo! Series. Originally, M5 Mexican Brass was to take this slot in the series lineup, but according to PAC...

Final senate meeting of the semester brings multiple resolutions and a heartwarming goodbye

Final senate meeting of the semester brings multiple resolutions and a heartwarming goodbye

November 21, 2019

On Nov. 18 the Student Government Association held their final senate meeting of the fall semester. After an approval of the Oct. 7 minutes, Speaker Morell Jenkins introduced Em Rademaker, the new general...

Matthew Tamez/ISLAND WAVES- The Galvan House at Heritage Park is host to a number of stories involving unexplained phenomena.

5 potential Corpus Christi hauntings for the Halloween season

November 16, 2019

With the Halloween season now upon us, the murmurs of ghost stories and hauntings grow ever louder. There are many places in Corpus Christi that many have claimed are home to ghosts or spirits. Some are...

Matthew Tamez/ISLAND WAVES
The Jazz Ambassadors are known as “America’s Big Band,” and their sound is proof of that.

Jazz Ambassadors bring music and a history lesson to TAMU-CC

November 16, 2019

The Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band marched into the PAC as part of the Fergason Bravo! Series. Held on Nov. 4, the concert was free to attend. Attendees only had to approach the box office...

Matthew Tamez/ ISLAND WAVS - Hamlet was an amazing and emotional production from start to finish.

“Hamlet” production opening night hit the mark perfectly

November 14, 2019

“Hamlet” by William Shakespeare has been directed and adapted for the stage many times throughout the centuries. However, this production by Texas A&M Corpus Christi Department of Theatre and Dance...

SGA senate meeting 11-11-19

SGA senate meeting 11-11-19

November 13, 2019

The SGA met for their second to last meeting for the fall semester. Speaker Morell Jenkins spoke about the start of the spring season and what would be happening during the spring semester. Jenkins spoke...

Photo Courtesy of the Student Government Association - Brittney Held looks forward to continuing her studies after graduation.

A reluctant call to action leads to something greater

November 9, 2019

Student Government Association Vice President Brittney Held will be walking the stage soon. “I initially joined SGA kind of kicking and screaming,” said Held, “My best friend Alissa (Ainsworth),...

SGA senate meeting 11-04-19

SGA senate meeting 11-04-19

November 5, 2019

On Nov. 4 the Student Government Association met for their weekly senate meeting. As part of the speaker’s report, Morell Jenkins reminded the members of the SGA about office hours and to stay up to...

Flynn Long/ISLAND WAVES - Dr. Pollock responds to an audience question.

Open forum sees large turnout and answers many questions

November 4, 2019

TAMU-CC’s Student Government Association and Island Waves worked together to bring Caught in the Crossfire to campus. Caught in the Crossfire was a non-partisan open forum discussion about firearms as...

Matthew Tamez/ISLAND WAVES - Volunteers gather outside the UC for Links Across Campus.

Links Across Campus shows students that the community cares

October 31, 2019

100 volunteers and almost 4,000 links in a paper chain all came together on a Tuesday afternoon for suicide prevention and awareness. Volunteers gathered for Links Across Campus on Sept. 24. The event,...

Sierra Lutz/ISLAND WAVES - Illustration

CBD shops grow in Corpus following recent legislation in Texas

October 31, 2019

After Gov. Greg Abbott signed the law legalizing some cannabidiol (CBD) products in Texas and also allowing Texas farmers to begin legally growing hemp as a crop, a number of stores selling legal CBD products...

Matthew Tamez/ISLAND WAVES - Gabriel Duran is a filmmaker and professor at TAMU-CC.

Award-winning filmmaker Gabriel Duran now calls TAMU-CC home

October 31, 2019

Newly hired Professor Gabriel Duran brings a new vision to TAMU-CC’s Communication & Media Arts department. Duran is the founder and director of Festival De Cine Latino Americano, a Latino film festival...

Matthew Tamez/ISLAND WAVES - Quintanilla engages attendees during her speech at the State of the University.

Quintanilla laments delay of new SAMC building, but celebrates achievements during State of the University

October 31, 2019

President Kelly Quintanilla addressed a capacity crowd during this year’s “State of the University” luncheon held in the University Center on Oct. 2. The event is not only a way for the President...

Matthew Tamez/ISLAND WAVES- A panel of qualified individuals spoke about threats and ways to avoid them during the training.

Active shooter training walks faculty and staff through difficult scenarios

October 31, 2019

With the unfortunate state of affairs that are affecting campuses and other public spaces, it helps to know what the best courses of action to take are in any given active threat situation. Although it...

Photo(s) courtesy of Netflix - Paul Rudd’s Miles must learn to share a life with himself after an incident that ends with a better clone of himself walking around.

“Living with Yourself” is a funny, yet at times heavy TV series

October 29, 2019

“Living with Yourself” is a Netflix produced comedy-drama that explores the concept of revitalizing a dead-end life once again. However, this time there is a twist. The show was created by Timothy...

Matthew Tamez/ISLAND WAVES - Anton in Show Business” ended with a final dance sequence set to the tune of “Cotton-Eye Joe.”

“Anton in Show Business” brings laughter and a message to the stage

October 29, 2019

On Oct 25 and 26 TAMU-CC’s Department of Theatre and Dance brought some laughter to the stage with their production of “Anton in Show Business” by Jane Martin. The play was directed by Meredith Melville...

Matthew Tamez/ISLAND WAVES - The pop-up relaxation center offers coloring and aromatherapy.

New pop-up relaxation station offers a slice of what students can expect

October 25, 2019

Students who have visited the library recently may have noticed a small tent set up near the microfilm cabinets during midterms week. The Student Counseling Center has teamed up with the Bell Library to...

Matthew Tamez/ISLAND WAVES - The members of Las Cafeteras are extremely passionate about their music.

Las Cafeteras ends Hispanic Heritage Month with a bang

October 23, 2019

Hispanic Heritage Month has seen many fun and interesting events, from the Hispanic Culture Festival at the Texas State Aquarium to a fun night playing Loteria. However, the best was certainly saved for...

SGA Meeting Recap 10/14

SGA Meeting Recap 10/14

October 18, 2019

With the semester already in the latter half of the term, the SGA continues to meet weekly. During the meeting speaker Morell Jenkins spoke about senator office hours and how some members of SGA have not...

Matthew Tamez/ISLAND WAVES - : “Let the Right One In” will continue throughout the week, with a Sunday matinee to cap it off.

Wonderfully spooky performance pairs well with October festivities

October 18, 2019

With the month of October already halfway through, TAMU-CC’s Department of Theatre and Dance put on a play to go with the time of year. “Let the Right One In,” by Jack Thorne, is a stage adaption...

Matthew Tame/ISLAND WAVES Thomas taught attendees how to use a sewing machine properly during the costume design 101 workshop.

Magic touch not required for magical fabric work

October 15, 2019

The time of spooky stories and Halloween delights has now arrived, and with it some people work on very intricate costumes to go with the season. On Oct. 11, a costume design 101 workshop was held in the...

Zelda Chacon speaks about Health Center fee increase

Zelda Chacon speaks about Health Center fee increase

October 8, 2019

The SGA met for their weekly senate meeting on Oct. 7, during which Zelda Chacon, the TAMU-CC University Health Center Director, spoke about their proposed fee increase following the fees hearing back...

Director Jon Palumbo announces plans for new campus arena

Director Jon Palumbo announces plans for new campus arena

October 4, 2019

Following the fees hearing in Sept., Athletics Director Jon Palumbo presented to the SGA what the new proposed athletics fee would go to. The fee would increase tuition by $1.13 per semester credit hour. “The...

Photos courtesy of Matthew Tamez/ISLANDWAVES- Ballet Folklorico de Mexico put on two performances during the festival.

Texas State Aquarium hosts their first Hispanic Heritage Festival

October 2, 2019

On Sept. 28, the Texas State Aquarium partnered with the Islander Cultural Alliance to host a Hispanic Heritage Festival. Individuals who bought a ticket to the Texas State Aquarium would be able to enjoy...

Senator’s meeting recap: Sept. 9, 2019

Senator’s meeting recap: Sept. 9, 2019

September 26, 2019

On Sept. 23, SGA met for their weekly senate meeting. They discussed the recent fees hearing on Sept. 23, a potential townhall meeting and a new senate bill. The meeting began with a report on the athletic...

Meet your new student government senators

Meet your new student government senators

September 26, 2019

At the beginning of the semester, nine students ran for different positions in the SGA. With no other students to contest the election, they were sworn in on Sept. 23 at 11:00 a.m. in the UC Rotunda. Your...

Photos courtesy of Kedran Wade (Island Waves) - Attendees and speakers dance in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

TAMU-CC kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrations begin

September 23, 2019

On Sept. 12, the Islander Cultural Alliance put together the Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff event in the UC Anchor Ballroom to start the month of celebration of Latin American culture. From Sept. 12 to...

Senator’s meeting recap: Sept. 16, 2019

Senator’s meeting recap: Sept. 16, 2019

September 17, 2019

SGA met for their weekly senate meeting, during which the members of SGA gave updates on previous business as well as spoke about pressing matters. Speaker Morell Jenkins spoke about office hours and...

Senator’s meeting recap: Sept. 9, 2019

Senator’s meeting recap: Sept. 9, 2019

September 10, 2019

The Student Government Association of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi held their second senate meeting on Sept. 9. SGA had taken the previous Monday off to observe Labor Day. The meeting began...

Photos courtesy of Matthew Tamez; Attendees were able to view information and photos on the devastation the hurricane brought.

Historian recalls disastrous hurricane and the city’s response as it recovered

September 9, 2019

On Thursday, Sep. 5, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi kicked off their “Remembering the Hurricane of 1919: 100 Year Anniversary” series with “The Hurricane of 1919 in History and Heritage,”...

Photography courtesy of Matthew Tamez.

New flex bus route met with mixed reception

September 2, 2019

With the first week of the fall semester of 2019 over, some students have had time to get used to the new pilot flex route 93, which replaced route 63 “The Wave.” Flex route 93 works on a fixed route...

Student Government Association meeting sees new members and a call to action

Student Government Association meeting sees new members and a call to action

August 28, 2019

On Aug. 26, the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Student Government Association held their first meeting during the fall semester of 2019. While no old business was left over from the previous semester, President...

Photos courtesy of Matthew Tamez. ;

Community leaders gather for the Global Leadership Summit, where influential speakers are broadcasted to sites around the world.

There is leadership in everyone

August 16, 2019

On Aug. 8 and 9 the Global Leadership Summit was broadcast to over 500 sites in the USA, including one here in Corpus Christi at the American Bank Center. The Global Leadership Summit is a yearly conference...

Image Courtesy of Top Shelf Productions/
“They Called Us Enemy” tells the true story of a dark period of American History.

George Takei’s memoir: a heartbreaking, hopeful look back

August 6, 2019

Published on July 16, “They Called Us Enemy” is a chilling memoir written by George Takei, Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott with art by Harmony Becker. Presented as a graphic novel, “They Called...

Photo Courtesy of Matthew Tamez: The Fergason Bravo! Series will bring many talented musicians to the PAC stage this year.

‘Fergason Bravo! Series’ is bringing a wonderful lineup to the PAC stage this year

August 2, 2019

On July 31, the Performing Arts Center held a press conference, led by PAC director Jim Moore, to fully reveal their lineup for the 2019-2020 “Furgason Bravo! Series” as well a show clips of the upcoming...

Image courtesy of Lionsgate: John Wick fights for his life against a world of assassins in latest movie from the franchise.

Third movie in “John Wick” franchise tops predecessors

June 20, 2019

The following review contains spoilers for “John Wick: Chapter 3.” “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” is the third installment in director Chad Stahelski’s pulse-pounding action thriller...

Photo courtesy of Amazon Prime: The Tick and Arthur return for their next big adventure, Pictured: Griffin Newman, Peter Serafinowicz

Season 2 of hilarious comedy hits at just the right time

April 23, 2019

“The Tick” season 2 is a superhero comedy created by Ben Edlund, based on the comic book of the same name. The series is available to Amazon Prime subscribers and stars Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick,...

Photos by Matthew Tamez / The Islander Tribute is a time where the community remembers students who have passed away.

Islander Tribute commemorates those who have passed

April 17, 2019

This previous Tuesday, April 9,  the Student Government Association and the Division of Student Engagement and Success ran the 16th annual Islander Tribute, a time where the public commemorates the lives...

Photography courtesy of Island Waves, Editing by Taylor White

TAMU-CC encourages electric scooter companies to go through official channels

April 16, 2019

At the end of February, students were surprised to see Lime-S scooters all across the campus. However, shortly after the scooters appeared on campus, they disappeared. Originally, scooters fell under...

Photo courtesy of Netflix: Ultraman tells the story of a new hero taking up the legend of Ultraman and saving the planet.

‘Ultraman’ reboot doesn’t hit the mark

April 15, 2019

“Ultraman” is a 3DCG anime based on the manga of the same name produced by Netflix and co-produced by Production I.G and Sola Digital Arts. The anime was directed by Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki,...

Photography courtesy of Matthew Tamez, The Vietnamese Student Association performed Banh Troi Nuoc (Woman) during the Parade of Nations

International Students share their culture in Parade of Nations

March 31, 2019

This year’s Parade of Nations went off without a hitch on March 21 In the University Center as students from around the globe were able to share their cultures during the annual event. Students representing...

Photography courtesy of Matthew Tamez

University spending $49,000 to study pothole causes

March 20, 2019

Students, faculty and staff have no doubt encountered some of the deep potholes that have formed on campus at TAMU-CC. Places such as the Hammerhead parking lot, Sanddollar parking lot, Tarpon parking...

Photo by Matthew Tamez: Hector Guzman directed the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra through their final show of the season.

‘Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra’ brings their season to a stunning close

March 20, 2019

On March 9, “The Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra” held their Grand Finale! concert to finish out their 2018–2019 season. Maestro Hector Guzman conducted the orchestra throughout the event. “The...

Photography courtesy of Matthew Tamez

‘Welcome to Night Vale’ gets freaky with it at live show

March 18, 2019

On March 1, the hit podcast “Welcome to Night Vale” put on a live showing of “A Spy in the Desert” at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. The show starred Cecil Baldwin as Cecil Palmer, Symphony...

Image courtesy of Netflix: The Umbrella Academy is a Netflix original about a dysfunction, child superhero family. Clockwise starting from the top is Luther, Klaus, Alison, Number Five, Vanya and Diego.

Superheroes set out to save the world and their family

March 18, 2019

“The Umbrella Academy” is a Netflix original series based on the comic book under the same name. The show was developed by Steve Blackman, who worked on the TV series “Fargo,” and Jeremy Slater,...

Photo courtesy of Matthew Tamez-Infograph on Student Loans over the years

Student debt raises some concerns

March 7, 2019

Here we are in the spring semester of 2019, and some of us have to take out student loans just to attend our classes. According to Student Loan Hero, “Among the class of 2018, 69% of college students...

The Glenn Miller Orchestra ends a set

The Glenn Miller Orchestra gives a jaw dropping performance

February 20, 2019

On Feb. 16, The Glenn Miller Orchestra visited the Performing Arts Center at TAMU-CC as part of their “Fergason Bravo! Series.” Attendees were graced with the wonderfully executed sound of orchestral...

Matthew Tamez: Current Netflix prices and plans

Netflix price increase receives mixed reception

February 15, 2019

Netflix prices increased by upwards of eighteen percent in the month of January. The standard plan that offers HD video and streaming from two devices has gone up from $10.99 to $12.99 a month, with the...

Photo Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

Consumer rights and the stagnating price of video games

February 15, 2019

Gamers are  disgruntled over the state of the video game industry and the games that have been appearing on the market,  issues including microtransactions in “Star Wars Battlefront 2” (or literally...

Cyrus Cassells signs a book for Abigail Vegkley.

TAMU-CC welcomes Pulitzer Prize nominee Cyrus Cassells

February 13, 2019

On Feb. 7 and 8, TAMU-CC observed Authors Day with Cyrus Cassells, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, William Carlos William Award winner and professor at Texas State University. On Thursday, Feb. 7, Cyrus...

Glass movie poster. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

Good movie trips up right when it counts

February 1, 2019

Night Shyamalan has done in again. In that he has crafted a story with wonderful ideas and and plots that just is not as great as the sum of its parts. “Glass” is a sequel to Shyamalan’s previous...

Image captured by Matthew Tamez. Exterior of Sufi Kabob.

Mediterranean restaurant knocks it out of the park

February 1, 2019

“Sufi Kabob”, located at 7150 South Padre Island Dr, is a Mediterranean restaurant here in Corpus Christi. “Sufi Kabob” serves wonderfully exotic foods such as Naan, a specially made type of bread,...

Photo by Matthew Tamez, Island Waves

SGA holds first Senator meeting of spring 2019

January 23, 2019

On Jan 14., the Student Government Association held their first Senator’s meeting on campus at TAMU-CC. This meeting, which is open to the public, was primarily used so the members of the SGA could get...

Matthew Tamez. The Phantom Thieves pose as their routine comes to an end.

‘Person 5: Dancing in Starlight’ review

December 28, 2018

“Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight” is a spin-off of the sixth entry in the “Persona” RPG series published by Atlus. Released in America on Dec. 4 at the same time as “Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight,”...

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation. The Spider-Men and Women plan for their next move.

A marvelously crafted love letter to the ‘Spider-Man’ franchise

December 28, 2018

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” directed by Bob Persichetti and staring Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson and Hailee Steinfeld, is the latest move to come from Sony Pictures Animation. Released on Dec....

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